Family's terror at air gun shooting

A FAMILY spoke today of the terrifying moment when an air gun pellet fired at a bus shattered the window where they were sitting.

A FAMILY spoke today of the terrifying moment when an air gun pellet fired at a bus shattered the window where they were sitting.

The dramatic incident has left mum Jenny Anderson too frightened to use buses - which she needs to travel on regularly to reach Ipswich Hospital, where she is being treated for stomach cancer.

She was travelling with her husband James and their two-year-old daughter Jessica on the bus at Kesgrave when the window was smashed.

“It was so frightening - we are still shocked and shaken now,” said Mrs Anderson.

“I cannot face travelling on a bus now, especially as we would have to again travel past where we were shot at. I am so worried it's going to happen again.”

Police were called to Hall Road, Kesgrave, after a man reported being shot in the thigh.

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While they were attending the incident, the bus driver reported that his First Eastern vehicle had been shot at and a window had been broken.

Officers arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

An air rifle was also seized.

Mrs Anderson, 25, and her husband, 36, were travelling home to Sandbanks Court, Saxmundham, when the incident happed about 2.30pm on Monday, February 4.

They had to wait with the other passengers while a replacement double-decker bus was brought so they could continue their journey.

However, the family got off at Woodbridge and caught a train because they could not face the rest of the bus journey.

Mr Anderson said the pellet left a two inch hole in the window.

“It is just very lucky that my two year old was not hurt - the bullet hit at around two inches from her face,” he said.

“It is a very scary situation to be shot at and we have been traumatized by this.”

Gussy Alamein, marketing and communications manager for First Eastern Counties Buses Limited, said: “An incident did occur with one of our buses. Fortunately, no-one was injured because of this reckless behaviour. The police are investigating and we are co-operating fully.”

A police spokeswoman said the boy who was arrested had been bailed to return to police on February 17.

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